Quantum on track with Hitachi Rail Europe

Quantum has been retained by Hitachi Rail Europe to recruit key members of its UK senior management team at its first train manufacturing plant in Europe at Newton Aycliffe.

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Published on
13 February 2018

Quantum has been retained by Hitachi Rail Europe to recruit key members of its UK senior management team at its first train manufacturing plant in Europe at Newton Aycliffe. Currently under construction, it will be one of the largest manufacturing sites in the North East.

The first appointment in this process is of Julia Potts as HR Manager. Julia joins from Spectrum Brands, a global and diversified consumer products company, where she was Group HR Manager, UK and Ireland. Julia will play a key role in the on-going recruitment process for this new plant which will culminate in employing up to 730 people.

The decision to build a manufacturing plant at Newton Ayclife was taken after Hitachi Rail Europe won the contract with the Department for Transport (DfT) to replace the ageing fleet of diesel-powered trains. The contract paved the way for the construction of Hitachi’s first train factory in Europe, which represents an investment of £82 million to create its state-of-the-art manufacturing hub in the North East of England.

The factory is set to create 200 jobs in the construction phase and will built over the course of two years, going into full production in 2016. The facility is planned to be capable of producing up to 35 units per month and employing up to 730 people, including a UK Research and Development facility.

Darren Cumner, Plant Manager, Hitachi Rail Newton Aycliffe said, “Hitachi places great emphasis on employing locally where possible and the plant will ultimately create long-term employment , utilising the highly skilled workforce in the vicinity so it is important that we ensure a good cultural awareness through the senior leadership team .

“We chose to work with Quantum, so we can utilise their expertise and experience of our industry sector and their ability to access and secure high-calibre candidates “